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Dr. Richard Feinstein Dr. Feinstein
Dermatology
49 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

Shingles Pain: There is a nerve pain pill called Gabapentin that has become a common drug to treat shingles pain. Other anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or aleve are also commonly used. Some people also get relief from the anti-histamines: claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra if not benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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2nd bout with shingles within a yr. Feels like always just below surface. Is a series of b-12 shots a good option?

See below: Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child. It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can heat do any good for shingles?

Actually, the: Opposite is recommended . Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman Dr. Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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What is good for itching from shingles?

Well, if u : Have shingles you may need real pain medicine.. Gabapentin can be helpful in preventing long term nerve pain. Of course an antiviral like valacyclovir can diminish the length of the problem and a topical, such as Lidocaine gel, can provide good relief. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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I am getting over shingles .What is good for itching?

I am getting over shingles .What is good for itching?

See below: In terms of over the counter medications i would favor hydrocotisone creme. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Is sunlight good for shingles rash?

Is sunlight good for shingles rash?

Mixed advice: Sunlight has been blamed for bringing on a relapse in some. During an outbreak, those places may be more sensitive to sunburn, but if mild - moderate exposure - it should have little effect. If you try it - do it only a little bit and discover your reaction. If it helps, great! if it hurts - stop. The medicine should help. Talk w/ your dr about how it's going. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

Shingles rash: Preceeded by pain, itching, tingling along the nerve from your back to the area where the rash is now present. You would have had a history of chicken pox at some point in the past as well. ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Is Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo good to use when you have shingles on your scalp?

Is Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo good to use when you have shingles on your scalp?

Good for what?: it won't make shingles worse, but it won't make them better; you need acyclovir or a similar medication for that. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Amico Dr. Amico
Internal Medicine
7 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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I have red patches on my skin that the ER doctor told me isn't shingles but it's itchy and it hurts I don't have good insurance. Help.

I have red patches on my skin that the ER doctor told me isn't shingles but it's itchy and it hurts I don't have good insurance.  Help.

Red Patches: The red patches could be an allergic reaction called a contact dermatitis in which case you would not a tical cortisone. The patches could be a fungal infection in which case you would need antifungal medication. What did you doctor tell you the patches were? ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Yes, excellent idea!: Zostavax is recommended for people ages 60 and older since they are most vulnerable to the infection. It is not total protection, but if you do get it, it will be much milder and that's important! ...Read more

Dr. Mansour Alfayez Dr. Alfayez
Internal Medicine
9 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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Routine check up 6 weeks ago and platelets were 650. 3 weeks later I had bad case of flu. Over flu, but have a moderate case of shingles. Blood work yesterday had platelets at 603. Could these illnesses cause the high count? Is it good that count had de

Routine check up 6 weeks ago and platelets were 650.  3 weeks later I had bad case of flu. Over flu, but have a moderate case of shingles.  Blood work yesterday had platelets at 603. Could these illnesses cause the high count? Is it good that count had de

See hematologist: High platelets can be divided into reactive or essential. Reactive is as it mean, not a problem by itself. Example of reactive is when there is illness Inflammation and iron diff anemia. Essential will need further work up to know where is the problem in the platelets manufacturing process. Your first blood work done when you were not sick so it is unlikely that it's related to illness. ...Read more

Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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When you're young, is it a good idea to get a shingles or chicken pox vaccine?

Chickenpox, shingles: Chickenpox vaccine (varivax) is recommended for all children one year of age and older and for adults younger than 60 years. The shingles vaccine (zostavax) is given to adults 60 years of age and older. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sinclair Dr. Sinclair
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is a good way to deal with acute shingles pain without nsaids. Ex cold or hot pack or bath vitamins or supplements etc.?

What is a good way to deal with acute shingles pain without nsaids. Ex cold or hot pack or bath vitamins or supplements etc.?

If only you could: I wish i could tell you there is some great home remedy for shingles pain but I have never heard of it. Nothing works very well. The nerve is in the "on" mode and is screaming at your brain that something hurts. If you don't like medicine, you could try accupuncture. Now the real problem. Once in a while, shingles happens because something else is wrong that you are unaware of. Call your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What are the risks associated with the shingles vaccine if my WBC is 3.2x10*9/l neutrophils 1.56x10*9/l? Age 65 female in relatively good health.

What are the risks associated with the shingles vaccine if my WBC is 3.2x10*9/l
neutrophils 1.56x10*9/l? Age 65 female in relatively good health.

Shingles Vaccine: Runny or stuffy nose, respiratory infection, and injection site reactions are some of the most commonly reported side effects of the shingles vaccine. Side effects are generally minor and do not require medical attention in most cases. There are, however, certain shingles vaccine side effects that are more serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, such as heart problems. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more